Impacting Fiji Through Australia (Part 1)
September 24, 2016. Fiji is a beautiful country in October, but this story starts much earlier and in a much different place weather-wise. Melbourne, Australia can be breezy and rainy towards the end of their winter in September. Despite the changing conditions, a class of students at Holmesglen TAFE University learned both On-Field curriculum and classroom lessons taught by Coaches Across Continents Chief Executive Strategist Brian Suskiewicz. These students studying Sport Development and Event Management, and in one month they will be traveling to Fiji to work directly with 6 elementary schools through the Fiji Ministry of Education as well as hosting coaching education workshops throughout the country.
In a unique new partnership, CAC is looking to implement our curriculum and methodology through these Australian students so that they can have a lasting and sustainable impact through their existing partnership with the government of Fiji as well as throughout their budding coaching careers in Australia.
Over the course of a week, students studied about sustainable impact, the importance of both curriculum delivery and coaching personality, monitoring and evaluation, and the power of sport for social impact among other topics. Next month, many of these students will leave Australia and get a stamp in their passport for the first time, and see firsthand how their new knowledge and efforts will translate to a new environment with their Pacific neighbor.
Later this year we will chronicle their efforts in Fiji and have them provide a direct update from their work in the second part of this blog with accompanying pictures. All of this will be done without direct CAC staffing, highlighting the sustainability that is possible when working in partnerships. We look forward to how they implement their new knowledge and create lasting and sustainable impact abroad, as well as the impact this trip and partnership has on their own lives.